Today, the state released AYP numbers for local schools. They answer the question- are local schools meeting federal benchmarks?
In Bibb County, 24 out of 39 schools are not.· That includes all of the high schools in Bibb County: Central, Howard, Northeast, Rutland, Southwest, Westside, and Hutchings.
Here's a look at the Bibb County elementary schools that did not make AYP: Barden, Brookdale, Bruce, Burdell-Hunt, Burghard, Jones, King-Danforth, Rice, Riley, Rosa Taylor, Union, and Williams.
Five Middle Schools also didn't make AYP: Ballard-Hudson, Bloomfield, Howard, Rutland, and Weaver.
Bibb County Superintendent Dr. Romain Dallemand had this to say in a news release about the poor results, "With less than half of our schools making AYP on the first determination, we all must recognize the sense of urgency for implementing change at all levels of our schools and the district so that all of our students are receiving high levels of education."
We also checked Houston County's scores.· 7 out of 37 schools didn't meet federal benchmarks: Houston Career and Technical Center, Northside High, Perry High, Warner Robins High, Northside Middle, Thomson Middle, and Westside Elementary.
Across the state, 63 percent of schools made adequate yearly progress. That's down from 71 percent last year.
Daniel Lee is the victim of a break-in and vandalism crime spree. He says he's been reaching out to law enforcement for years, but they haven't done enough to keep his home safe.
"This house needs a home, and a home is the people," says Lee.
He can't keep anyone in the property for a long period of time, because of the crime in his neighborhood.
"Everyone of them has been intimidated out of it because of the crime."
In the past month, Lee's home was broken into and vandalized on three different occasions. His tenant moved out, and Lee is left with holes in his walls, and his pockets. The damages could cost up to $14,000 to repair if he hires an outside contractor to do the work.
"I've got a lot of skin, but I can't put the cash in, I'm a retired man."
Public information officer for the Macon Police Department, Jami Gaudet, says as of today there are extra officers patrolling the area in hopes of keeping the neighborhood free of trouble.
Filmmakers Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson have made stars of Georgia farmers in their latest film.
The documentary called "Grow" premiered tonight at the Cox Capitol theater in downtown Macon. The film deals with a whole new crop of farmers in Georgia who wanted to make a difference in the U-S food system by working the fields.
"The food system as we know it now is broken," Anthony said "Its causing a lot of problems with the environment, with people's health and with the economy; And once people realize the importance of eating this way then we just feel that a lot of problems will be solved."
"Support your local farmers," Masterson implored. "If you support your local farmers, you're supporting systems that can sustain a whole community, local economies, local health, the survival of small towns and large towns alike."
Anthony and Masterson say they wanted to make a film that would inspire young people to consider farming as a career to help the economy.
Macon Police are back at 27 year old Lauren Giddings' apartment complex looking for clues in her mysterious murder.
Investigators continue to search through Giddings' neighbor Stephen McDaniel's apartment for any type of evidence. Police are still calling McDaniel a person of interest in the case,but have not yet named him a suspect.
"It's really a general search," Public Information Officer Jami Gaudet said. As our police chief Mike Burns has said many times and has said repeatedly to the press, repeatedly to the public and repeatedly to the department, they will be exhausting every possible clue."
Police will continue to have a patrol officer parked at the complex to make sure the crime scene remains secure.